Local Government

Three Davao City Hall employees axed over drug use

November 9, 2017 By

Three Davao City Government employees were terminated after testing positive for illegal drugs use during the mandatory random testing conducted upon the orders of Mayor Inday Sara Duterte in October.

Michael Denton Aportadera, the action officer of the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council (CADAC), said the three employees – whom he did not name – were among the 1,127 government workers who underwent the random drug test conducted since last month.

“We did the confirmatory test for the three employees after they tested positive, and it turned out that there were indeed traces of illegal substances in the urine samples submitted for the test,” he said.

Aportadera noted that under the Civil Service Law, drug users in the government should face termination from service.

“Mayor Sara wanted to ensure that government employees are living healthy lifestyles and that they are not users of illegal drugs,” he said.

Mayor Sara has earlier warned that City Hall employees who will be found positive for drug use will be either terminated or subjected to rehabilitation.

“We need to show to the public that we are leading by example,” she said. “We will look into their records and maybe we can put them under the rehabilitation program of the city government or they will be terminated.”

But the mayor decided to terminate the services of the employees.

The Mayor and her brother, Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, also both sumbitted themselves to drug testing and tested negative.

Aportadera said the October random drug testing was only the initial testing.

The succeeding tests will cover all 12,000 employees of the city government. CIO